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also an·a·go·gy  (ăn′ə-gō′jē)
n. pl. an·a·go·ges also an·a·go·gies
A mystical interpretation of a word, passage, or text, especially scriptural exegesis that detects allusions to heaven or the afterlife.

[Late Latin anagōgē, from Late Greek, spiritual uplift, from anagein, to lift up : ana-, ana- + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·gog′ic (-gŏj′ĭk), an′a·gog′i·cal adj.
an′a·gog′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˈænəˌɡɒdʒɪ) or


1. allegorical or spiritual interpretation, esp of sacred works such as the Bible
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity allegorical interpretation of the Old Testament as typifying or foreshadowing subjects in the New Testament
[C18: via Late Latin from Greek anagōgē a lifting up, from anagein, from ana- + agein to lead]
anagogic, ˌanaˈgogical adj
ˌanaˈgogically adv


(ˌæn əˈgoʊ dʒi, ˈæn əˌgoʊ-)

a spiritual or mystical interpretation or use of words, esp. of Scripture.
[< Late Latin < Greek anagōgḗ an uplifting =an- an-3 + agōgḗ, feminine of agōgós leading; see -agogue]
an`a•gog′ic (-ˈgɒdʒ ɪk) adj.

anagoge, anagogy

1. Obsolete, a spiritual or mental elevation.
2. a mystical interpretation of a text (usually the Bible.) — anagogic, adj.anagogically, adv.
See also: Religion
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Noun1.anagoge - a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
interpretation, reading, version - a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
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anagogically, it is the joys of the heavenly mansion, for which the Psalmist sighed, when he said: "Blessed are they that dwell in your house, O Lord; they shall praise you for ever and ever.
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45) In the ninth century, Rabanus Maurus argued that allegorically Jerusalem could be understood as standing for the current church; tropologically it stood for the faithful soul, while anagogically it was the celestial home.
Hans-Georg Gadamer has gone so far as to suggest that the content of religious and ethical discourses is a mode of aesthetic knowledge of reality that is distinct from but no less "true" than scientific analysis; nature, he proposed, can rightly be read anagogically as well as analytically.
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the Bible--literally, allegorically, morally, and anagogically.
1:26-27's image and likeness as progression from participation in the characteristics of God's essence (for example, immortality) to participation in the characteristics of God's energies (for example, impassibility, patience); and humanity's mediatorial vocation predicated on its microcosmic nature; (3) Christ, who as the enfleshed (that is, passible) Logos is the deified and deifying corporeal bridge for the deification of all human beings, (4) the Church as a community of faith mediating grace especially through the corporeal acts of the sacraments; and (5) the Christian, especially the Christian's body--even that body's passibility--as an anagogically deifying gift of God.
And thus Thuno's claim that the Sant' Ambrogio altar could work both anagogically, from a distance, and pedagogically, to a viewer who was close enough to read the narrative images, is intriguing, but seriously weakened by Thuno's decision to offer no details regarding the precise placement of the altar, or the access that specific viewers had to it.
After the hellish imagery of the Canon's Yeoman's Tale, we are prepared to view the Cook's situation anagogically.